Michael Wiskus, the 2002 U.S. National Aerobatic Champion and a member of the 2004 U.S. Aerobatic Team, puts his high-powered Pitts S-1-11B, aka “The Super Stinker,” through a breathtaking routine of high-performance aerobatics as part of Lucas Oil Airshows.
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team
Veteran performer Kent Putsch returns to Thunder in the Valley with his colorful “Jelly Belly” Interstate Cadet, a 1940s-era classic that he puts through a trio of routines, including a topsy-turvy comedy routine, an engine-out aerobatic performance and the always-impressive feat of landing on top of a moving RV.
A long-time performer at Thunder in the Valley, Larry flies the Aero L-39 Albatros, a Czech-built, Cold War-era jet trainer and fighter. The Albatros is still used by many air forces as an attack aircraft for air-to-ground support missions and tactical reconnaissance purposes. Larry will demonstrate the L-39’s capability with an exciting combination of high-speed passes and aerobatic maneuvers.
Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Sky Soldiers
The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF) is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to sharing Veterans’ stories and demonstrating America’s military legacy in flight. The Sky Soldiers will use their UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra helicopters to reenact a Vietnam War-era scene, and will offer guest rides on the choppers.
U.S. Army Silver Wings Parachute Demonstration Team
Formed in 1965 by the director of the Airborne Department, the Silver Wings represents the U.S. Army’s Maneuver of Excellence Center (MCoE), 1/507 PIR Airborne School, in demonstrating the freefall and canopy accuracy capabilities of today’s airborne forces. The Silver Wings will open the air show each day by delivering the American flag during the National Anthem.
Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division
The Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division operates 24/7 to provide air support to the Georgia State Patrol and in support of public safety interest for the citizens of Georgia. GSP Aviation will demonstrate examples of its work, which includes everything from search and rescue operations to SWAT missions to fire suppression.